Am I the only one wondering about this stuff?

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While I was quietly lamenting the fact that I had just purchased $118.00 worth of groceries that I probably could have carried out of the store with my hands if I were feeling ambitious, I had a few thoughts that I wanted to share.  Additionally, I have a few questions.

Could someone explain to me how so many Mattress Superstores manage to stay afloat?  Mattress warehouses are becoming as ubiquitous as Starbucks, at least here in the Austin area.  Every time I turn around, there is another one.  Every new shopping area includes one, sometimes two. 

Perhaps I not changing my mattress often enough?  I looked it up tonight, and I found this answer: "The best rule of thumb is to change your mattress when you are having trouble getting a good night's rest."   I have a two-year old child, which means that I should be replacing my mattress at least twice a week using this particular guideline.

Another answer stated that a decent mattress should come with a 10-year warranty minimum.  It also said that good name brands (which ours is) come with a 20-year warranty. 

With that in mind, I have decided the time might be right for launching my newest franchise idea: roof superstores.  It sounds like the lifespan for a good mattress is about the same as a roof, so my idea seems sound, right?

On a semi-related note, I have a clock radio made by GE that my grandmother bought for me when I was visiting her.  I was 11 years old when this purchase was made, which makes my clock radio about 26 years of age.  Is that normal?  I guess that might explain why there aren't any Clock Radio Superstores or Clock Radio Warehouses.  They make those babies to last.  Sure, it has an early 80's font on it, but it's digital and the speaker is fine.  Why replace it?

For a long time, my wife and I joked about the proliferation of nail salons and liquor stores in our area, which of course are the hallmark of good taste the world round.  Simply add a pawn shop and a check cashing service and it screams "This is a ritzy area of town."

But seriously, every strip center that I have seen in and around Austin seems to contain a nail salon.  I am clearly in the wrong business. 

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Sandra Carlisle (Ayers)
Berkshire Hathaway California Properties - Newport Beach, CA
Real Estate Marketing & Sales
Almost forgot...  We don't have the proliferation of mattress stores, but I always wondered about the FIVE imported rug stores that are along the road.  Do people really buy that many $30,000 rugs???  Always smelled fishy to me.
Apr 08, 2008 06:56 AM #39
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

All the former Realtors who are getting out of the business are sensing the next big wave - mattresses>

By the way, I had one of those clocks too, in the genuine simulated vinyl wood grain. Does yours have the numbers that are cut in half so the top half flops down on the bottom half every minute? And after a few years it gets louder and louder so the darn things are clacking away like Grampa's teeth every minute so you can't sleep anyway? Yeah, that's the clock.

Apr 08, 2008 11:09 AM #40
Deb Brooks
Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas - Wichita Falls, TX
Jason, I can always count on you for a laugh. Really! You are something else. They just don't make things to last any more. My mouth is frozen in a smile. Good giggling with you. Later in the rain~Deb
Apr 08, 2008 11:35 AM #41
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Okay, so here's what we do...we drop this real estate gig and start renting out mattresses to nail salons. That way, we can get a power nap and a pedi at the same time.


We can start selling those masks that the pedi-performers use while filing?  OOOH!  How about the plastic that protects mattresses during shipping?  Now there's a racket!

I think I'll stick to the real estate gig.  Better set my alarm.

Apr 08, 2008 02:21 PM #42
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas
OR we could stop off at the liquor store, pop a top or three and with the masks on to disguise us, cut off all the mattress tags at the superstore!
Apr 08, 2008 02:23 PM #43
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

If that doesn't work, we can pawn some jewelry for more liquor! 

Austin sounds great to me.

Apr 08, 2008 02:24 PM #44
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Jason, I can't understand any of these businesses other than they have low overhead as far as labor costs and there is a need for the product (apparently). I don't frequent pretty much any of them, so I am not in the mainstream.
Apr 08, 2008 03:28 PM #45
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

Opening a roofing company in the Dallas area would make you a millionaire.  Many people get a new roof each time it hails.  Hail is mostly cosmetic, but insurance companies like them replaced.  I bought a new mattress last year, and it was easy to shop for because all the different competing stores were within a mile radius of each other, so they're not just all over Austin, I think it's everywhere!  Oh, and I have a VERY old clock radio too... too funny!

Apr 08, 2008 03:29 PM #46
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin
Jason: This was major funny. I laughed so hard I peed my matress. Guess it is time to get a new roof.
Apr 08, 2008 04:06 PM #47
Terri Poehler
Realtor - Coral Springs, FL
Coral Springs Real Estate Agent
Jason.....Think about it. Look at the jobs your mattress and roof have to do. What's a clocks job? Stayed plugged in and maybe squawk for a half a second in the morning? I say lets all open nail salons where we can lay down and talk real estate!
Apr 09, 2008 05:44 AM #48
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

I appreciate all of your funny comments.  I haven't really had time lately to individually respond, but several of these comments made me laugh out loud.  As an aside, Andy Rooney is very much alive and well at 89 years of age. 

Apr 09, 2008 05:51 AM #49
Nobody Here
Cold - Algoma, ON

This post got me thinking about some of the foreclosed properties I've seen lately.  Without fail the refrigerator is missing, but there is always at least one mattress left behind...

Hmmm... I think somehow the mattress guys have this all figured out.  Conspiracy theory anyone?

Apr 09, 2008 06:52 AM #50
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.
People are so stressed and busy they wake up feeling tired; it's really sleep deprivation, but it's easier to blame the mattress!  The promise of a good night's rest is obviously worth big bucks. 
Apr 09, 2008 07:03 AM #51
The Bartley Group SouthEast MN Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Home Connection - Owatonna, MN

Boy if we are supposed to change our mattress when we aren't getting a good nights sleep, I'll need a truckload of extras in my gagrage.  With real estate being what it is, a good nights sleep is a distant memory.

Brian Bartley

Apr 09, 2008 07:09 AM #52
Tom Plant - Murrieta, CA
Jason - Great talking with you today. I loved the post. Speaking of nail salons, this is priceless:
Apr 09, 2008 10:09 AM #53
Don Stern
Realty Executives South Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA
Greater Baton Rouge Real Estate
Oops... Sorry Andy for planting you in the ground prematurely
Apr 10, 2008 04:33 AM #54
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Sorry I never got a chance to come back and respond here.  I linked to this post yesterday, and it remains one of my faves.

Sep 05, 2008 04:27 AM #55
Chris Gehlhausen
Faithful Funding - Austin, TX

Jason - very funny blog!

You're not the only one with a 70's or 80's alarm clock - my Vintage GE AM,FM,WEATHER & TV Clock Radio is still holding up just fine, thank you very much!

Chris Gehlhausen

Vintage GE 7-48878 AM,FM,WEATHER & TV Clock Radio.

Sep 05, 2008 05:46 AM #56
Lisa Friedman
Alliance Realtors - Bedminster, NJ
Central New Jersey Real Estate

I love those old fashioned clock radios.  For some reason, they remind me of happy times as a kid and that is the association that I have with them.  Whenever I show a house with an old clock radio, I smile :)

As for the mattresses, I have often wondered the same thing.  I just replaced my mattress after 19 years and I must say, I now feel like I am living the life of luxury!

Sep 07, 2008 06:14 AM #57
Jennifer McBastralo

People actually thought that was funny? Now Alan's comment was funny!

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